This isn't about a band, but about a recording project I've had in mind for a while. I put the thread here because this thread deals with how to deal with people. I'll explain. I've been working on some arrangements of rock and pop tunes (not my own) to be recorded in a Motown-y meets Seventies style, using both double and electric bass, depending on the song. I can pretty much get everything done instrumentally myself (there will be guitar, keys (various voices), and drums as well as bass (mostly double, but some electric as well) but it will require a real singer to cover the vocals. When I hear these tunes in my head, I know exactly what I want from the vocalist, every syllable, every inflection and every "baby". I'm prepared to pay the singer, of course, but it would require a lot of effort on her part to get it like I want it. And it would require me to record everything and then add my own voice to a separate track first. But is this something that happens a lot in recording? Can I expect a singer to come in and be nothing but the voice for my ideas- I quite literally mean the voice and nothing more. I know classical singers and mass choir singers do this all the time, but the genres being covered here tend to expect some sort of input from the vocalist, and in this case, she'd have none. It'd be sort of like she's singing a song she's heard for years on the radio, but exactly as she heard it rather than being able to "do her thing" with it.